Ep 291: How Important is Your Name? Maybe A Lot

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Your Name Shapes You

What do you think of your name? Like it? Do you prefer a nickname or do you prefer when people call you by your full name? Why do you think people have these preferences? That’s what we’re looking at in this episode – research showing that other people (and yourself) might be shaping you to actually look like and act … Read More

Ep 290: Class Demonstrations That Always Work

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Students Working Together on an Activity

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in a typical psychology class, well, here ar e 4 class activities I do almost every semester that are my “sure fire hits” – they engage the students in the learning process while helping them really grasp what a key term in psychology means. So you’ll learn about how students memorize each other’s … Read More

Psychologists React to Robin Williams’ Death

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Shock and Sadness How has the mental health community reacted to Robin Williams’ suicide? I’ve been reflecting on my own reaction as well as reading blog posts and news articles from other mental health professionals. Here’s my take on what we’re thinking. Like everyone else, mental health professionals found themselves saddened and speechless at Williams’ loss. He was so unique … Read More

Psychology Tip to Help You Get More Tips

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Do you have a tip jar at work? Here’s one way to use a little psychology to increase the likelihood that customers will put a little money in there: Set out not one but two tip jars Label the jars with two competing themes Okay, so what do I mean by “competing themes”? What you want to do is to … Read More

Ep 200: Reflections on the 200th Show!

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Thank you so much for listening to The Psych Files for the past 6 1/2 years. In this episode I provide a little background on how the podcast started and what has happened as it grew over the years. It just past 8 million downloads and I want to share a few thoughts on this with you. Thank you everybody! … Read More